Newcastle Reserves beat Wigan Reserves 3-1 at home this afternoon, and Bognor Regis trialist Jason Prior scored the third Newcastle goal, on his Newcastle debut, and in front of a watching Alan Pardew.
Jason Prior – scored a nice goal from 14 yards out
With Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone all in attendance the Reserves ran out worthy winners, and certainly it seems the Reserve team manager Willie Donachie was delighted for Jason.
And it was a terrific finish from the 23 year-old, as he hit the ball beautifully home into the top corner of the net from about 14 yards out, after being played in by Greg McDermott.
The big center-forward has been training over the last few days with the Newcastle squad, and he wore the number 9 shirt today.
And the lad has impressed Scot Willie Donachie with both his play and his attitude, as Willie had this to say about Jason after the game:
“He’s a lovely guy with a great attitude.” “It’s great having him around – and he’s a goalscorer.”
“We dominated without really creating great chances,” “We had a lot of shots from distance but I don’t think we got behind them enough.”
“It was a competent performance after the first 15 minutes, where I thought we were a little bit rusty. After that, we did well up until the final third.”
“With respect to Wigan, who are a very honest, good team, we’ve got better players so I was disappointed to give a sloppy goal away and be drawing, and in danger of not even winning the game.”
“That was disappointing but in the end our class told and we scored again and again, and deservedly won.”
For Newcastle Reserves, young emerging center-back 17 year-old Remie Street scored Newcastle’s first goal just before half time.
But after Newcastle had completely dominated the game, Wigan broke away quickly after 64 minutes and Danny Redmond’s cross was put home by a completely unmarked Jordan Rug, and it was a disappointing goal to concede.
After 72 minutes Newcastle went back in front with a good goal from Australian Brad Inman, who had come on as a substitute for an injured Sammy Ameobi (oh no!) after 56 minutes.
A long ball was played by Phil Airey onto Haris Vuckic, and the Slovenian U21 International put the ball nicely through for Inman who coolly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Calvin Hare to make it 2-1.
And then five minutes later Greg McDermott, the son of Terry McDermott, won the ball on the half way line and moved forward before putting the ball inside to Jason Prior, and Jason smashed the ball into the top corner of the net from about 14 yards out.
A nice striker’s goal by Jason.
It remains to be seen if Jason can do enough to win a contract at Newcastle, but it will not harm him having scored a very good goal this afternoon in front of the watching Alan Pardew in his very first game for Newcastle Reserves.
We’re kind of rooting for Jason, if the truth be told.
Newcastle United Reserves:
Rob Elliot, Patrick Nzuzi, Tamas Kadar (c), Jeff Henderson, Remie Streete, Dan Gosling, Greg McDermott, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi (Bradden Inman 56), Ryan Donaldson (Phil Airey 46), Jason Prior
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, Joan Edmundsson, Yven Moyo
Wigan Athletic Reserves:
Lee Nicholls, Jamie McCormack, Adam Buxton, Josh Langley, Rob Kiernan, Callum Morris, Ryan Watson (Abian Serrano 86), Danny Redmond, Jordan Rugg, Nouha Dicko (Steven Boothman), Adam Dawson (Jonathan Breeze 71)
Subs not used: Calvin Hare, Steven Boothman, Jonathan Breeze, Jonathan Lynch, Abian Serrano
Referee: Paul Curry